>What is minimalism?
Minimalism involves taking images and reducing them down to basic colors and removing most features. Most wallpapers will not include shadowing or faces, but this is subjective.
>Guide to Making Your Own
Use either Illustrator or Inkscape (both are free if you know what I mean).
1) Do not post images with incredibly intricate designs, vague or conflicting colors, or undefined edges, these make minimalizing very difficult
2) Be sure to thank the artist!
1) Always upload as 1080p PNGs, try and post transparents too
2) Look over other people's works! We need good criticism if we want to improve!
For anyone that Likes Laura and Charlotte...
This was my request from the last thread. Not wanting to be pushy, I'm just excited.
I'm working on it, still got to fix lots of nodes. But I think I'll also have to add shadows and/or lines, otherwise it'll just look like big blobs of colors.
Check these spots. Plus, there's lots of issue in the borders and the lines seem quite jaggy.
If it's a first one, then it's quite OK.
The way the edges look and the aliasing seem very awkward. Are you actually doing this in a vectoring program with the pen tool? All the hair points are dull and rounded, and should be sharp points as well.
Except it looks weirder than that. Many areas look like they were drawn with a different kind of tool. The pen tool in vectoring programs is very basic; all the lines are made with strokes and fills, and are completely filled. Yet in the image, there are many lines that don't look like fills or strokes. Many of the lines have chunks eaten out in the middle for no reason, like on the ear, shoulders, and neck. It isn't simply layers overriding others either, as I know what that would look like with proper strokes or fills. This looks like some kind of attempt of doing it from another program like GIMP, PS, or Paint.NET.
Background could be light gray or light pink.
Whatever looks best to artist. If the glow is a problem then I can try to get another pic
Those random stroke lines look pretty bad. If you are going to add that many lines, you might as well add all of them with proper filled lines and make a proper vector. Otherwise, there isn't much point of adding lines since minimalism vectors tend to have very little or none at all. Also, export the image at a much higher quality, such as 300 or 600 PPI/DPI.
Would an anon please remove his eyes.
Leave the eyebrows and glasses.
She does have a nice expression, though. Too bad about losing it.
I hate filling lines, that's why I'm not at the vector thread. On the other hand, I see how that is not minimalism. Would this be better?
And thanks for the tip on the PPI. It helped to see some mistakes with the nodes and overlays.
>hate filling lines
Hate doing the work, or hate the look? I find the latter hard to believe. Tends to be an excuse for laziness 99% of the time. If you are going to use the lines, make them more noticeable. The line color is way too close to the color of the jacket to be relevant. Honestly, using the shadows to show parts of an image does a much better job than lineart when making a minimalist vector, in my opinion.
Also, the banding on the jacket isn't the greatest. Whenever you use gradients on large objects, it tends to make it more apparent. I think it looked better with the flat shadows and coloring from before.
>She does have a nice expression, though. Too bad about losing it.
Pretty much. This image would probably look better as a legit vector considering how important the expression is.
I made a Yurikuma wallpaper. It's my first vector. Let me know what you think!
There are a lot of pointed edges that could be smoothed, and you should be making the eyes with the ellipse/circle tool instead of doing it manually. Some of the claws also look pretty poor. I would need to see the original to give a better critique of what is lacking/different from the original.
Hate doing the work with lines. I'm too lazy. I thought minimalism would be easier (no lines), but getting the right look is harder than expected.
How about this to define the parts while keeping the lines to a minimum?
This is the original requester here, thank you so much! So much better than I could do, I should probably start of practicing with simpler stuff or stuff that's already been done so I know how I want the final product to look, thank you so much!
I figured. Doing filled lineart makes images take a very long time.
I don't personally like minimalism images, so I don't bother doing them or trying to get them to work. However, like I said before, I prefer just the solid colors and shadows, with maybe some minimal lines (fills of course). I've done it once before and felt most comfortable doing it that way. I don't really like using gradients on large objects since the banding is pretty bad. This change is no exception from the previous. The requester will probably be satisfied either way, so do whatever you like.
request from the old thread. pretty tired towards the end as i've been up for nearing 48 hours straight sorting other things as well so please point out any shitty parts and ill fix them!
Most of the hair is pretty bad when in comparison to the original. Emphasize curving the tips of the hair in a direction instead of having them be flat and stick out. This requires using the handles at the V tips more than the others.
I think this could look pretty good. I hope somebody really talented can do this one.
Don't take it serious about the picture before, but it would be epic if someone really doing it
by the way, here my request, we need some gundam (character) minimalist wallpaper
Here's my first attempt at doing minimalism, how'd I do? I just started learning illustrator so I'm kinda meh with the pen tool.
The hair is pretty bad. You have very poor bangs at the front, multiple areas of color peeking, and odd layering causing many areas to look awkward (by her arm and the hairties). Some areas I don't even know what you did, like the entire tie, and both arms. It is almost like you went crazy with the nodes and just added a bunch of them. You also forgot to set your artboard to cutoff the bottom parts for her legs. The aliasing is also pretty terrible. Make sure you are exporting with Type Optimized (Hinted) and not Art Optimized (Supersampling).
Here are some things to take away from this:
1) Minimize nodes, maximize handles. You do not need nearly as many nodes as you have. You need to take your handles to their limits before even thinking about adding extra nodes. Do not underestimate how far they can go.
2) For all hair tips, emphasize sharpening the tips, and always have the hair going in some direction. Some of the bangs are crudely drawn at the tips, or are drawn flat out. You don't want that.
3) Use layering to your advantage. You have color peeking everywhere, and very awkward layering that doesn't properly connect. Use a system where there is always a fill under another. This removes color peeking and awkward layering issues. If you come to a situation where you need a color to merge right on top of another, use the Shape Builder tool emphasized in the tutorial in the OP, or use Smart Guides to take advantage of snapping.
If you post the original, I could also show you a few examples if you want.
would someone kindly critic my first minimal work?
You have color peeking (the color below showing) everywhere. Change the background color to neon green and you'll see there's green in between her hair and face, and between her chest and uniform. Also, check the ear, where the shadow is not connecting with the hair.
Eyes are awkward when minimized, so they are usually left out (as you can see in every post here). If you insist in leaving them, at least differentiate them from the eyelashes and paint them the proper color. Also, add the other facial features like eyelids, nose and mouth.
And there's a 3 pixel transparent line at the bottom, don't know why. You should remove it.
Someone can minimalize this? (if it's possible keeping the eyes) I dont care if it's not super accurate (the clothes seems very hard to minimalize).
Anyways thanks so much in advance if someone try to do it.
Yeah sure here's the original. Yeah when i started I had a million nodes because i didn't realize how bumpy it was, and later on I used a lot less but Ill try to use even less. Can you explain more on the hair though? because i mean I thought I had pretty much traced it to where the tip was? Yeah I had some trouble with layering, can you explain color peeking alittle better though? do you mean I have color in lower layers that should not be showing through? And Yeah I had no Idea how to use the shape builder tool haha any advice or instruction would be appreciated.
I like the eyes. qt.
When I first started doing these I had some weird aspect ratios and such as well. I would recommend not putting any shapes outside the artboard: when you click near the edge it locks on. If you do have things going outside, I'd use the "Use artboards" check box on the first save-as window, as it will crop everything extra out.
I don't really think this would look very good. as It would just be a solid body color.
This is what my nightmares are made of.
I think you'd be better off using an official art of some sort.
Given the blurry bit coming toward the camera, I'd say this would look strange. I don't care much for trying to make these out of 3d pictures either.
looking back on that older image, damn that hair is choppy.
Anyone do this one yet? Seems like a perfect starting point.
Alright, I was in a good mood, so I did all of it just for you.
>Yeah when i started I had a million nodes because i didn't realize how bumpy it was
A lot of the lineart in the original is pretty messy/bumpy. Don't try to copy it 100%, because it will look bad as a vector. Smooth out the small little bumps and only keep the ones that emphasize curves.
>Can you explain more on the hair though? because i mean I thought I had pretty much traced it to where the tip was?
Not sure what exactly what you mean. The tips are drawn, but they don't curve very well, especially on the right side of the bangs where you use rounded edges that looked really bad. You need to make all the tips sharp, and they need to curve in a similar direction so that it looks like the hair is flowing and not static.
>Yeah I had some trouble with layering
Choose a basis for each shape large shape. Make one be the highest layer that the rest will go under, or vice versa. This will help immensely.
>can you explain color peeking alittle better though? do you mean I have color in lower layers that should not be showing through?
It can mean that. If you have a layer overlapping another that shouldn't be there, that color could be "peeking" over the other, like the hair on her left arm that should be under the arm. However, it can also mean areas of an image where the shape is not fully colored, and that when put on a transparent background, the transparency will peek through "holes" that should be filled with a color. You have a couple areas in the hair and arm that are like that. This is why you always put a high contrast color (usually green or red) as the background so you can easily see the peeking and fix it before posting.
>And Yeah I had no Idea how to use the shape builder tool haha any advice or instruction would be appreciated.
The guide in the OP will tell you how.
Here is the Ai file for you to play with: http://www.mediafire.com/download/d2oqh4d61begt6x/Miku.ai
. an exceptionally long and arduous task or activity.
Actually, with the exception of one guy, It could all be copy-pasts and take about 15 -20 minutes, if you have the motivation...
Just want ginko, with the smoke trail, and foot prints, on black background, on the right of the screen.
Hey man Thanks a lot I appreciate the criticism, I'll try to work on what you said. And thanks for the file too, I'll definitely check that out. Yeah I used the Guide in the OP to get started, I just was a little confused when it wanted me to use the shape builder tool but I'll look again to see if I understand it better now. Anyways, thanks!
Circles are easy - there are circle tools in both inkscape and Illustrator.
Also: you can make a "two-node" circle (I never count the connecting node) by just making sure your handles are parallel to one another, and are the same distance apart. Usually the handles are each between about the diameter of the circle away from each other, to the radius, depending on the tool.
Usually I give this as a practice to those peopel having issues learning line nodes: Draw one of these circles, at every 45 degrees to help them understand the tool better.
ANd yes, when I say this, I mean at 180, start from the bottom and go to the top - I know the degrees overlap after a certain point, but learning this way makes you think about the curve better.
Something like this.
Someone over on /wg/ did it. Thanks though.
custom made shirt n jacket hate if u want
Check the faulds (or whatever that is) and belt buckles.
Color peeking between the top of the blue shirt and the black one. Check the right arm bandage.
The jacket should have a "bump" where the boob is. The bottom of the skirt shouldn't be at the same length since the top part is leaning.
Color peeking at the ear and between hand and hair. There's a black line near the tip of the braid. There's color peeking with the thighs. And I don't understand what's going on at her neck.
Not him, but you cut off the shoulder on the right side.
You should also readjust the headband. It is pretty easy to tell from the left side that the handles are not even which is causing flatness. Many of the hair shadows could also bend more properly at the tips.
Update to the latest beta version. That usually fixes the random export bugs that Inkscape has.
The headband is too flat at the corners. It means you are extending the handles farther out then they can handle. Most likely your upper and lower handles are uneven in order to try and compensate as well. In order to fix it, extend the handles at the 4 corners outwards enough (keeping them even and parallel) so that they still curve at the beginning. Then add two nodes in the middle to handle that part. Adjust the end point handles for consistency and that should do it.
>that shoulder cut off is a problem with inkscape exporting for some reason.
Get the beta version - it takes out the lipping errors the stable version has.
His problem is his handles are not parallel to one another. He doesn't need to do the nodes in the middle. While it WOULD help, it would just cause problems keeping it all parallel if he moves handles, but I digress..
That already looks like a vector. If you can find the original artist, ask him for the .ai/.svg so someone could clean it up for minimalization.
Requesting one of my operator waifu, please.
There's not enough wallpapers out there of qt3.14 gulf war era delta operators.
I'd prefer the camo pattern in the minimized version, if that's possible. If not, I understand.
[spoiler]second picture just because[/spoiler]
Requesting please. Doing the purple sphere thing behind him not required.
I never understood these large face requests. Like, do you just want a large blank face as a wallpaper?
IF someone decided to do the casmo, I'd make an outline of the camouflaged area, copy it, and then use the "remove" part of pathfinder to have that outline as the top, and the camo piece needing to be trimmed on the bottom. That'll save a LOT of headache...
I'm saying the vector thread would have gotten him similar results. Anyway, if he wanted eyes he probably should have said so.
As a person that does vectors in the other group, it's very unlikely he'd have had any hits, as a lot of us have huge projects, and we usually (note the word usually) don't do images clipped on most sides; if someone did bite and offer to do it, it would very likely be be for quite a while.
Jacket shoulder on the left could be more rounded, and some hair points could be sharper.
Also, I would have included the glasses, even without eyes it's still part of the look, although that's just me.
Could someone kindly vectorise/minimalize this please? The only crop part is the top of the beret which should be a natural path curve.
Thanks in advance.
Requesting? I have no idea if this would be hard to do or not, sorry
Does anyone have the minimalist wallpaper from solanin? Its based on this picture
i had it saved a few months ago but had my hard drive crash on me.
Requesting this please. 1920x1080 if possible.
Requesting the best waifu. I'm using 1440x900 but I'll somehow manage if it would be easier to do in 1920x1080.
Her standing on the right side would be ideal.
Thank you very much in advance.
I'm just going to pretend that post I just deleted didn't happen.
Can anyone minimize Mordred?
Leave out the sparkles obviously, and if possible add a 'jeans' color where her body ends.
Also keep the belly button please.
There's jaggy parts. The head and hair, specially.
There's also color peeking (the color below showing through cracks in the top layers). Check around her left arm.
Also, the pose is quite weird without something for her to step on.
Would one with more capable tools than I and my TrackPoint and GNU Image Manipulation Program be so gracious as to cut Ai-ojousama out from her surroundings and apply that limited colour effect upon her?
Not the OR, but not too bad. Some of the hair could be better at the tips, and the lineart has some inconsistencies with thickness at the belly button and the line above it. The biggest problem is the banding is pretty bad. I am on my good monitor that usually hides banding, but it is still visible. You can probably get away with it on the body (although it is more noticeable on the stomach), but the background is definitely incredibly obvious. Either add noise in Photoshop, or choose better colors/reduce the distance between the colors in order to reduce the banding.
Requesting this with a dark red background if at all possible. Thanks!